Feeding British Softbills  

Feeding Your Softbills

 

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Here we shall discuss the feeding requirements of Softbills

 

They really are quite easy to cater for in terms of a basic all round diet, I shall split the feeding into "Small" and "Large" Softbills

 

Small Softbills

 

The basic diet consists of a good proprietary universal softbill food, preferably one with some insect in the mix.

There are literally dozens of foods available these days, I tend to chose one that is readily and easily available such as Beaphar, Bogena or Orlux as my base, then to that I tend to add another one, perhaps with a higher insect content such as Bevo, Slatts, Haiths Prosecto or even Orlux insect pattee.

This gives a bit more variety & also covers you in case you cannot get your usual food, the birds are also used to others.

 

You can then mix in some of the very fine softbill pellets such as Nutribird Uni Complete, or even a few tiny halibut pellets from your local fishing shop!

 

To this food mix you can add a small amount of grated cheese, grated carrot, grated brocoli, scrambled egg and if you are really keen, Steamed, cooled & then grated ox heart !

Just one or the other every day or so again for variety.

 

Then I always feed a few mealworms all year round, there are some that do not - but just 6 mealworms a day, just helps keep my birds in tip top condition. 

 

Its as simple as that!

 

Large Softbills

 

These can be very simple

 

Again a good universal food such as Beaphar or Orlux is readily taken, however this can become expensive with a lot of bigger birds.

I do use it especially in the breeding season & for weaning chicks. I do mix a few pellets in with it, to supplement it and get the birds used to pellets as well.

I shall list these below.

 

Large softbills are easily fed on a variety of pellet forms of food.

 

Orlux Remline Pellets - specifically designed for the birds - but quite expensive if feeding many.

 

Layers Pellets - readily available & inexpensive - but personally I would not feed as the sole diet

 

 Greyound pellets - a very good one is Gain 20 - this is quite widely used as a staple diet for many people with Thrushes & Blackbirds & again cost effective.

 

At the moment because I have a collection of birds from various sources & diets they are accustomed to, I have basically been mixing all of the above together to form a "pellet mix" - it seems to be very popular with all of the birds!

 

Included in the mix, but in a smaller amount, I add small cat pellets I find as a usefull addition - harringtons do a good sized one - but I just mix a few in as they are a bit to high in protein to be a staple diet

 I also have been adding a few 3-4mm halibut pellets to the mix as well.

 

This tends to give a fairly economical basic feed for the birds & also keeps them in good condition!

 

There is no need for livefood with Large softbills at all outside of the breeding season.

   

For me, I believe a varied diet is beneficial for the birds & hence my mixing various items together. But I honestly find the softbills easier to feed than the hardbills I used to keep.